I am a proud small-town-Arizonan-turned-Californian, which is to say I revel in the culture and energy of big cities, but I love the ocean, mountains, open spaces, and starry skies.
I moved to San Francisco in 2006 and still live in the Bay Area because the daily threat of earthquakes and miserable housing market are outweighed by Northern California's enormous bounty of food, wine, nature, culture, ideas, innovation, and people.
My professional journey has taken me from politics to non-profit organizing to practicing law and creating digital and television content. The route might appear circuitous up close, but step back and the common threads of story-telling, advocacy, strategy, and problem-solving are like different ski runs on the same mountain.
Who is this mountain, you ask? At my core, I am curious, compassionate, creative, and communicative (also, alliterative, it would seem). I like to listen to conversations between interesting people, learn things about the world and myself, explore new spaces (figurative and literal), and laugh. I love things that are made well, stories that are told well, and projects with soul. And I am a fierce advocate for fairness, equality, and justice.
Favorite experience practicing law: Getting to meet the many wonderful people in the olive oil industry–including local growers, importers, academics, consultants, authors, and more.
Recent reads: Between the World & Me; Hillbilly Elegy; Permission Marketing; Quitter; Gone Girl; Linchpin; The Absent One; The Girl On The Train; Bossypants; Bringing Up Bébé; The Night of the Virgin.
My travel (not so) short-list: Vietnam, Peru, Argentina, Croatia; Quebec (in summer).
Random thing I've been paid to do: Live tweet The Bachelor for Good Morning America.
Weird exchange on the campaign trail: Patch Adams asked me who my favorite thinker was. I said my mom. For the record, Seth Godin is really my favorite "thinker" thinker.